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BNS4100 - Behavioural neuroscience honours: Research project

42 points, SCA Band 2, 0.875 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Dianne Sheppard


Clayton Full year 2007 (Day)


This program aims to increase students' understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research, develop their analytic, research and communication skills as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in laboratory techniques and other research-related skills. The unit is also designed to prepare students for higher degree studies. In this unit students undertake two separate, though typically closely-related, research projects in an area within behavioural neuroscience that aim to provide training in both discipline specific and generic research skills. Their research projects form the basis of a literature review and research paper(s) presented at the end of the year.


On completion of BNS4100 Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Research Project students will:

  1. be able to critically review the scientific literature in their domain of behavioural neuroscience research,
  2. have acquired sound knowledge of the processes involved in research design, development and implementation through the completion of a research project,
  3. be able to execute and analyse the outcomes of a laboratory-based and/or field-based study,
  4. be proficient in the use of computer-based analysis, data-base, presentation, word processing and data-base/internet search engine software,
  5. be able to prepare a report of a research project in a potentially publishable way,
  6. show communication skills in both oral and written presentations to both audiences who are specialists in the student's field of study of research and non-specialist scientific audience,
  7. have acquired a range of technical skills appropriate to their research area,
  8. have the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project.


Oral presentation of research (hurdle)
Literature review (4000 - 5000 words): 20%
Two Separate research papers (5000 - 7000 words each) or one combined research paper (8000-10000 words): 80%

Contact hours

42 hours/week on their research project. Six 2-3 hour seminars/workshops